Drama of a much-betrayed wife who plans to poison both herself and her husband. But he dies and she lives. After telling her whole story before the court she gets a light sentence which means her immediate release.
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Of Pabst's final phase, made in West Germany, a film that finds both vectors that were the strength of his cinema: the use of kammerspiel as space-defining of dramatic intensification and representation; a strict wise use of light as a narrative element itself, reader-inducing of dramatic senses and sensory phrases. Is to Pabst what "Veronika Voss" was for Fassbinder: the calligraphy of a woman who got lost.